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Find out more: www.mauricelacroix.com For more information and a brochure, please call 0800 037 9952 or, from outside the UK, 0044 20 8749 2405 CO N TE NT S // NEWS World's tallest tower, Dubai Dorchester Collection Eurostar Mandarin Oriental Moscow LUXURY Luxury Industry Report London retail review INTERVIEWS Johnathan Dimbleby Martyn Andrews Maria Baibakova LITERATURE Gardens ART Kandinsky in Paris COLLAGE Luxury Collage mens Luxury Collage ladies TRAVEL Hilton Hotels ESPA Spa, Moscow New luxury spas in Paris Hotel le Bristol Villa la Massa The Berkeley Hotel St.James' Hotel CARS Bentley GT Speed FASHION Leo Kertes EVENTS Russian ladies day 2009 LISTINGS Next issue Editor: Matt Morley firstname.lastname@example.org Designer: Aleksandr Golovin email@example.com Staff writer: Margo Grigoryan Contributors: Lisa Sanguedolce, Oliver Kuhl, Leo Kertes, Lana Kislova, Angella N Advertising: Oksana Lukjaneca firstname.lastname@example.org Managing Director: Natalija Riabko email@example.com , Dorchester Collection Eurostar Mandarin Oriental Moscow Luxury Industry Report London retail review Johnathan Dimbleby Martyn Andrews Maria Baibakova Kandinsky in Paris Luxury Collage mens Luxury Collage ladies Hilton Hotels ESPA Spa, Moscow New luxury spas in Paris Hotel le Bristol Villa la Massa The Berkeley Hotel St.James' Hotel Bentley GT Speed Leo Kertes Russian ladies day 2009 Next issue Translator: Olga Grin-Krug Admin: Valentina Shpakova Published by V V Media Group, 48 Langham Street, London, W1W 7AY, UK Tel: +44 (0) 203 205 0042 Fax: +44 (0) 203 205 0043 Front cover: Photographer: Oliver Kuhl, Objectiv Photographen Production: Leo Kertes, Phoenix Hair/make-up: Tina Maucher using Mac, Phoenix Model: Katya N, The Fashion Model Management Outfit: Emporio Armani 1 EDITOR'S LETTER: // BY MATT MORLEY It's all too easy to succumb to melancholy given the current state of the global luxury industry, but our attitude is simply to sit tight and bare it; as long as we're suitably well informed on developments of course. See our report this issue on what the second half of 2009 has in store for us all. We don't indulge in many celebrity front covers at VV, in fact we deliberately avoid fuelling the celebrity fire as much as possible, yet we're succours for a good tale; and if the narrator happens to be paparazzifriendly, then so much the better. Lisa Sanguedolce met Johnathan Dimbleby, one of the most distinguished names in British media, to discuss his recent travels around Russia and the book they inspired. Martyn Andrews of Russia Today divides his time between Moscow, London and Cyprus; he had a thing or two to say about his adopted country of Russia and his relationship with the media industry there. We also had tea with Maria Baibakova, a feisty young lady who recently took Moscow's art world by storm, so expect great things from her in the future. Elsewhere, we bring you an update on four of the latest spas to open in Paris and, check-in to the spa at the Ritz-Carlton Moscow to see how Russia's top hotel compares. If you are looking for a dose of gastronomic brilliance this summer, we have not one but two deserving suggestions for you: Marcus Wareing at The Berkeley in London instantly won itself a slot on our `favourite lunch venue' list while Hotel le Bristol in Paris reminded us why the French are still no.1 when it comes to `haute gastronomie' . Enjoy the read and please feel free to send any comments or suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org , : � , . , 2009 . VV � . , � , . , , , . Russia Today , , . , , -. , . � � �-�, . , � �� , �� , - . , , , email@example.com. 2 Summer `09 // `09 RichaRd hennessy the ultimate cognac destination VV magazine offers you the chance to purchase Richard Hennessy. For orders and enquiries please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 0207 245 4213 Enjoy Hennessy responsibly 3 CONTRIBUTORS // GLOBAL Aleksandrs is VV's new designer and he brings a fresh injection of creative talent to our team. A self-taught art director, Aleksandrs fell in love with print media at the age of 15 when he began running a monthly youth newspaper for the local Jewish community in Riga. After an initial attempt at editorial writing, he soon realised he was better suited to designing, and he hasn't looked back since! Lisa is a freelance writer, intrepid traveller and PR professional. She runs Dolce Communications in London, a PR and events consultancy. She also writes for magazines in the UK and Canada including Elle and Style at Home. Currently London-based, Lisa is writing a book on Sicilian food culture and consulting for a private jet company on their global PR campaigns. After an extended period spent travelling the world, Oliver K�hl began his career in earnest from a studio in New York before eventually returning to his native home in Germany. Now based in Munich, he works for magazines and clients on locations all over the world and contributed the stunning black and white fashion shoot for this issue of VV. Margo is our staff writer and Deputy Editor of La Pens�e Russe newspaper. She previously edited London-INFO newspaper and prior to that worked as a Features Reporter for the BBC's Russian Service in London. Margo has an MA in Professional Writing from London Metropolitan University and a BA in Journalism/Mass Communication from the American University in Bulgaria. Lana had a bi-lingual, Russo-British upbringing that meant she divided much of her youth between the two cities of St.Petersburg and London. Having completed her studies in Russia, she recently moved to London to pursue a career in journalism and freelance photography. She is a luxury industry specialist and, she admits, notoriously hard to please! Aleksandrs Golovins, designer, Riga , , - VV . � -: 15 , , . , , , . Lisa Sanguedolce, writer, London , , � , . Dolce Communications, Elle, Style at Home . , -. Oliver K�hl, photographer, Munich , , , - , , . , � . - - VV. Margo Grigoryan, writer, London , , VV, � �, . -, �--�. , . Lana Kislova � . , , . , . If you are interested in contributing to V V please contact the Editor, Matt Morley at email@example.com 4 Summer `09 // `09 Class open traveller multiCity movement el primero ZenitH the inventor of the automatic chronograph WWW.ZenitH-WatCHes.Com 5 PROPERTY DUBAI NEWS lobal architecture practice Woods Bagot believe the design for their 270 hectare Nakheel Harbour & Tower, with a vertical structure that climbs more than 1km high, will change the Dubai skyline forever. Mark Mitcheson-Low, Woods Bagot's Middle East Managing Director explains: "The Nakheel Harbour & Tower is a feat of design excellence � it is truly a mark of the epoch. The project demonstrates Nakheel's desire to provide the world with a vision of a future Arabia: with Dubai as a modern, global city of significance". Taking its inspiration from the geometric patterns so beloved of Middle Eastern architecture, local culture and heritage has been sensitively absorbed into the overall design concept and synchronised with modern engineering principles. Similarly, from a residential, retail and hospitality perspective, the Woods Bagot team has endeavoured to explore the Middle East's rich architectural language and express Dubai's cultural vernacular throughout the development's public spaces. The tower itself also represents a considerable leap forward in skyscraper design, not only in terms of height and stature, but function too. The cylindrical tower has a total diameter of 95m, made up of four separate towers encircling an internal void, linked at intervals by `sky bridges'. This design mitigates the potential hazard of strong winds blowing against the tower, instead allowing the air to pass freely through the building without causing any harm. www.nakheelharbour.com G Nakheel harbour & Tower Nakheel harbour & Tower Woods Bagot , 270 Nakheel Harbour & Tower, , , - . -, Woods Bagot , , �Nakheel Harbour & Tower � , �. � Nakheel , , �. , ; . , Woods Bagot ; . , , . 95 ; , . , : , . www.nakheelharbour.com 6 Summer `09 // `09 FINE JEWELLERY & L U X U R Y WAT C H E S 7 NEWS HOTELS GLOBAL T DorchesTer collecTioN he Dorchester Collection has recently expanded to include two new properties, adding The New York Palace and the Hotel Bel-Air to their five existing hotels: The Dorchester, London; Le Meurice and the Plaza Ath�n�e, Paris; the Principe di Savoia, Milan and The Beverly Hills Hotel, LA. DorchesTer Dorchester - The New York Palace Hotel Bel-Air Dorchester Le Meurice Plaza Ath�n�e, Principe di Savoia The Beverly Hills Hotel. "The concierge must be able to solve any of his guests' problems" " " We're regular visitors at several of the above and if anything sets them apart from the competition, it's the quality of the staff. Svend Petersen, Hotel Ambassador at The Beverly Hills Hotel for example, has been called "The Poolside Prince of the Pink Palace". After 43 years in the job, he has earned the right to address even the most illustrious of clients by their first names and has, in his time, given swimming lessons to Faye Dunaway, spread towels for Princess Grace of Monaco and helped the Beatles settle into their private poolside cabana. Mario Gambron meanwhile, Chief Concierge at the Principe di Savoia in Milan, oversees a staff of 20 who share the task of making anything and everything happen in order to keep their guests satisfied. Whether it's tickets for the opening night at La Scala Theatre, a private viewing of Leonardo Da Vinci's "The Last Supper" or a table at one of the city's most fashionable restaurants, Gambron can claim to have achieved the impossible countless times over the past 35 years. "The concierge must be able to solve any of his guests' problems, fulfil any desire, and welcome them with his best smile every time," notes Gambron. We couldn't agree more. , , . t , Beverly Hills. � �. 43 : , , , �� , . Principe di Savoia , . � �, � � . 35 , . � , , �, - . . 8 declare your independence Summer `09 // `09 Small independent hotels. Memorable experiences. Small Luxury Hotels of the World TM For reservations visit www.slh.com 9 NEWS TRAINS EUROPE a coNTiNeNTal DrifT urostar is the international high-speed passenger train operator linking the UK with the continent and is by far the fastest and most convenient way to travel from the centre of London to the centre of Paris or Brussels. E � � - , , . Journey time is just 2h15 minutes from London to Paris 2 15 The magnificently restored St Pancras International station in central London offers a cosmopolitan range of shops, restaurants, bars and cafes as well as boasting the longest champagne bar in Europe. Eurostar journey times are just 2h15 minutes from London to Paris and a mere 1h51 from London to Brussels. The train service offers 3 classes on its core routes - Business Premier, Leisure Select and Standard Class. Leisure Select is the first class leisure option for travellers who want a slightly more luxurious experience than Standard Class, but can do without the flexibility or business extras of Business Premier. Travellers can enjoy a meal served to their seat with champagne and wine, browse through complimentary newspapers and magazines, or just enjoy the countryside whiz by at speeds of up to 186mph (300kph). - , , , . �� 2 15 , - 1 51 . : Business Premier, Leisure Select Standard. Leisure Select � , , , . Business Premier , � . ( ) , . , � , , 300 . +44 1233 617575 www.eurostar.com Call +44 1233 617575 or www.eurostar.com 10 Galeries lafayette Summer `09 // `09 PARIS - : HAUSSMANN NICE - : PLACE MASSENA SAINT-LAURENT-DU-VAR - --- : CENTRE COMMERCIAL CAP 3000 CANNES - : RUE MARECHAL FOCH galerieslafayette.com 11 PROPERTY MOSCOW NEWS H MaNDariN Moves To Moscow OK Architects and the Mandarin Oriental Hotel chain have now unveiled the first images of what they claim will be "Russia's most exclusive and luxurious hotel". The five-star, 250-room luxury development in the heart of Moscow will have a reception located at `sky lobby' level instead of the ground-floor, so that guests can check-in and admire the views of Red Square and the Kremlin at the same time. Located on Tverskaya Street, the hotel is housed in a redeveloped historic building, originally constructed in the early 19th Century as a private manor house. It will retain two of the historic facades along with listed rooms on the ground and first floors. Internally, there will be an atrium that stretches up nine levels and contains a large-scale, contemporary re-interpretation of a Faberge Egg rising from ground level and terminates as a specialty restaurant overlooking Red Square at level nine. MaNDariN HOK Architects Mandarin Oriental Hotel , � �. 250 , , , , � �, . � ; , , XIX . ; . � 9 . , . 6500 , , , 270 . , , -, -, . 2009 , 2011-. The Mandarin will incorporate 6,500 sq m of retail space dedicated to luxury brand boutiques with underground parking for 270 cars. It will also house two elegant ballrooms, health spa and wellness centre, an indoor swimming pool and fitness centre, as well as a variety of restaurants and bars. Construction is expected to begin at the end of 2009 and the hotel will officially open to the public in 2011. 12 Summer `09 // `09 13 WATCHES LONDON NEWS S Marcus � horoloGical heaveN hopping for a special watch is a sophisticated leisure activity that combines elements of buying a supercar, superyacht and a work of art. It can also be as expensive as any of them, so it calls for a unique environment tailored to meet a sensitive set of retail needs. The Marcus store on Bond Street is a symphony of steel and glass composed by the famous Czech architect Eva Jiricna and commissioned by the eponymous owner, Marcus Margulies. The redesign of the lower ground floor that is now the "Watch Salon" is taken up by the Buben & Zorweg watch winding wall that covers the entire back wall and can wind up to sixty watches simultaneously. The list watches on sale here include some unique to Marcus, such as the Hublot Marcus Big Bang, as well as brands from the upper echelons of the watchmaking pyramid including Audemars Piguet, Alain Silberstein, de Grisogono, Franck Muller, GirardPerregaux, Greubel Forsey, Hautlence, HD3, Hublot, Piaget, Richard Mille, Urwerk,Vogard and Zenith. Marcus himself comments, "I believe we try to offer a relaxed atmosphere in which to shop, with no pressure � a place where you feel like a gentleman rather than a buyer". , , - , , . , , . Marcus - � , , . Buben & Zorweg, . Marcus � , , Marcus Big Bang Hublot. � : Audemars Piguet, Alain Silberstein, de Grisogono, Franck Muller, GirardPerregaux, Greubel Forsey, Hautlence, HD3, Piaget, Richard Mille, Urwerk, Vogard, Zenith, Hublot. , � , � , �. Marcus � MARCUS, 170 New Bond Street, London W1. Phone + 44 207 290 6500 www.marcuswatches.co.uk 14 Summer `09 // `09 15 BUSINESS: COMMENT // GLOBAL Luxury Industry Report This may be the most subdued luxury industry report we have had to publish in the past four years, but we believe the most successful corporations and entrepreneurs of the next decade will be those who use this period to invest in their brand in preparation for the eventual recovery. In the meantime, here is some industry insight from the Luxury Institute and Bain&Co. , , . , , , , . Bain&Co. luxury iNsTiTuTe The latest studies from the Luxury Institute cannot hide the fact that America's luxury retail market has been severely hit by the recent recession, yet they believe the first `green shoots' of recovery may already be discernible in the distance. Just look at how Nordstrom's shares tripled from their 52-week low recently for example. Even if a recovery is feasible within the next 12 months though, most retailers in America will have to struggle through this long period of disastrous sales results before they start to feel any benefit. The figures say it all: sales at Nordstrom in March 2009 were down 13.5%, at Saks 23.6% and 29.9% at Neiman Marcus. The Institute has also carried out a survey into which luxury brands are most highly regarded by wealth consumers. In women's luxury fashion, Hermes was said to be the most prestigious brand on the market. This is unsurprising given the French company's 142-year history and their association with timeless, high quality leather goods � precisely the kind of product that still sells well 16 , . , . Nordstrom, . 12 - , , . : Nordstrom 13,5%, Saks � 23,6%, Neiman Marcus � 29,9%. . , Hermes, , 142- Summer `09 // `09 during a recession. In women's shoes, Christian Louboutin was voted the top brand. Ladies with an average new worth of US$3.2million consider the Parisian brand to be far more desirable than the 2nd and 3rd place brands of Manolo Blahnik and Jimmy Choo. baiN&co As 2008 ended with the luxury market on 0% growth, Bain&Co justifiably predicted a 10% contraction for the market in 2009. That figure was based on a 15-20% global contraction in the first half of the year and a slower decrease of 5-10% in the second half. The Americas, Japan and Europe will be the worst hit areas, while China and the Middle East will fare slightly better and see some modest growth by the end of the year. In terms of specific product categories, perfumes and cosmetics will be the strongest performing sectors in 2009, as consumers restrict themselves to making smaller purchases from their favourite luxury brands. One of the most important macro trends affecting the luxury industry today is democratisation, which has meant that a considerable portion of the luxury market is now made up of middle-class consumers who `trade up' on certain purchases and invest in . 15-20%, , 5-10% . , , , . , , 2009 . � : , , . . Bain & Co , . : , , , , , , - . 17 a luxury product. These consumers have been especially badly hit by the recession though and have therefore stopped `trading up' as much as they used to. Bain&Co also believe consumers will move away from fashionable or trendy luxury purchases this year, turning instead to highquality products with durability and long-term appeal. It's not all bad news however, as overall personal wealth is expected to start growing again in the second half of 2010, global GDP is forecast to increase in 2010 and the recession may even provide new business opportunities for luxury brands once the market calms down again. , � , , . Christian Louboutin. , 3,2 , , Manolo Blahnik Jimmy Choo. baiN&co 2008 , Bain&Co 2009- 10- - LUXURY: SHOPPING // LONDON It may seem foolish to open a new boutique during the worst economic slump since the 1930's, but planning for such launches often begins several years before the first sale is registered, meaning countless company CEOs have had to face the unenviable decision: pull the plug or carry on regardless. Here we offer our support to those who have been brave enough to stick it out. , , - , , , . � , . , . In what may prove to be a remarkably cost-effective move, Lalique, one of the world's best known crystal, jewellery and perfume companies, and Haviland, the prestigious porcelain brand, have joined together to present their creations in one flagship store on Conduit Street, London. The history of the relationship between the two French companies started over 90 years ago with the marriage of Suzanne Lalique to Paul Haviland. Lalique was originally founded by Ren� Lalique in the early twentieth century and specialises in creating and producing luxury pieces for the home, as well as jewellery. Silvio Denz, owner of one of the world's most important private collections of original Ren� Lalique pieces, acquired the company back in 2007. Haviland meanwhile was created in 1842 at Limoges, France and has now been at the forefront of the porcelain world for over 150 years due to the exceptional quality of its products and their high levels of design creativity. Prestigious artists such as Cocteau, Dali and Kandinsky have all created designs for the brand in the past. Located in a classic Georgian townhouse, the new Lalique Haviland boutique in London is contemporary in design, combining white gloss walls with dusty pink wallpaper, patterned with floral motifs designed by Ren� Lalique. As well as a wide selection of products from the two companies, the boutique also showcases unique pieces specifically created and curated for exhibition here in the upper level gallery. www.cristallalique.fr www.haviland.fr 18 Summer `09 // `09 � , Lalique Haviland, - , : - . 90 , . Lalique, XX , . 2007 . Haviland, 1842 , 150 : . Haviland , . Lalique Haviland, , , . , , � . www.cristallalique.fr www.haviland.fr It didn't take us long to discover the TACH store on Grafton Street in Mayfair, after all it's not every day a Russian jewellery boutique opens in London. TACH - . , . Tach , , , . , Tach, . , . . , � . Tach Cute At The Table � , . , , . www.tachltd.com Tach founder Tatiana Anatol� studied Economics at the University of St Petersburg before her growing fascination with jewellery prompted a move to the UK where she enrolled at the Gemological Institute of America in London and has devoted her professional life to creating patented jewellery designs ever since. Every Tach piece is designed by Tatiana herself and made in Switzerland, under tight regulatory quality control, using only the finest precious gems. Many of the creations are inspired by classical mythology yet cleverly re-interpreted for contemporary society. Tatiana manages to translate themes from magical fairy tales and Russian folklore into elegant accessories for the modern woman. Each collection contains exquisite jewels and breathtaking embellishments for the handbag. Designs contain elements of both fun and femininity, resulting in some of the most original jewellery products we've seen for a long time. Tach is most closely associated with one product range in particular though, named Cute At The Table. These aesthetically striking accessories not only help brighten up a dinner table but also provide a practical way of hanging a handbag underneath it. Given the negative associations of a lady placing her handbag on the floor while she sits in a restaurant, we couldn't help but wonder why more designers haven't turned their attentions to this subject before? www.tachltd.com 19 LUXURY: SHOPPING // LONDON Costume designer Vinilla Burnham has launched a collection of quarter scale costume miniatures that have been handmade in London from contemporary silks, period textiles, lace, crystals and original 1920's sequins. The collection provides owners with a piece of costume history as each piece has been inspired by the costumes from classical ballet and opera performed at the Royal Opera House (ROH), Covent Garden, where Vinilla started her career in costume design. During her time at the ROH, she worked with several Russian dancers including Rudolph Nureyev on the London/Paris productions of Sleeping Beauty (that he choreographed) and The Tempest that he choreographed for The Royal Ballet. She also worked with dancers Natalia Makarova and Svetlana Beriosova, and the Russian dancer and choreographer Irek Mukhamedov. , , , , 1920- . , - , . � � � , , � �; ��. , . 950 20 000 � , . - . Prices start at �950 and go up to �20,000 or more, depending on the complexity and how many semi-precious or precious stones used. Vinilla is currently working on a private commission for Andrei Konchalovsky, the film, theatre and opera director. "There's nothing like this on the market," says Vinilla, "yet with the current trend towards dolls, fairies and bears, I believe The Little Costume Shop miniatures will be irresistible for lovers of objects that express pure beauty, originality and magic." www.thelittlecostumeshop.com 20 www.thelittlecostumeshop.com Photos by Richard Wilding � , - , - , , . , , . ( ). Summer `09 // `09 William & Son may have been operating from its address at 10 Mount Street in Mayfair for a few years already, but no expense was spared in the recent refurbishment of their flagship luxury store. The look is now one of modern elegance that still retains the classic fabric of the original Victorian building, as we would expect from a company created by William Asprey, seventh generation inheritor of the prestigious Asprey family name. And the rejuvenation process doesn't end there either. The store refurbishment is merely one element in a wider rebranding program for the business that will include a new logo, website, catalogue, own-brand products and the introduction of an even wider selection of exclusive brands in its store. Chairman William Asprey and Chief Executive, Lou McLeod, have masterminded the entire rebranding and refurbishment process from start to finish, a sign of just how important they consider it to be to their longerterm business strategy. Departments in the store include jewellery, watches and clocks, fine china and silver, crystal, leather goods and the best London guns. Bespoke items can also be made to order, upon request. Finally, William & Son have this year been awarded a Royal Warrant to HM Queen Elisabeth II for regularly supplying their superlative gold and silver goods to the Royal Family over the past five years. www.williamandson.com William & Son - 10 , , . , , , , . : � , , , , . , , , . , , , , . . William & Son II, . www.williamandson.com 21 INTERVIEW: CELEBRITY // RUSSIAN TV Martyn Andrews English-born Martyn Andrews has worked as a TV presenter in the UK, Egypt, Israel and America. Today he is best known for his work on Russia Today, where he has hosted `Entertainment Today', the weekly arts and culture program `Moscow Out' and `Wayfarer', a series of travel and adventure shows seen in over 100 countries. , , . Russia Today, ��, 100 . 22 Summer `09 // `09 VV: Martyn, are you based permanently in Moscow at the moment? MA: Actually no, I find the Russian winters unbelievably harsh so I divide my time between Moscow, London and Cyprus, where I own a holiday home. MA: I am now hosting a weekly show called `Moscow Out' that is a 12-minute program on different cultural adventures in Moscow, such as art, cooking, nightclubs and so on VV: , ? : , . , , . VV: , ? : , , , , Russia Today, . , , ! VV: , ? : , , . �� - , . � �. VV: ? : Moscow Out � 12- , . VV: , , ? MA: . , . 45 , . , , , 23 VV: How did you end up as a television presenter in Russia? MA: I had worked as a TV host in New York and some of the channels I was involved with were owned by Russians so I spent a lot of time with Russian camera crews, drinking vodka, learning about Russian traditions and so on; even though I'd never even stepped foot on Russian soil of course! So when I heard about the launch of Russia Today, I contacted the company immediately and asked to be involved in their entertainment and travel programs. Remarkably, they agreed to give me the job! VV: Essentially then, your current job is about helping expatriates based in Russia to better understand the idiosyncrasies of Russian popular culture? MA: Precisely! Often the channel will specifically look VV: Did you play an active role in the creation of the programs you now present? MA: Absolutely. I was involved right at the very beginning which meant I was able to have considerable creative input into the programs that I host. The `Wayfarer' travel program is perhaps my best-known work; that one's about travel in Russia. I also had a program about Russian culture called `Entertainment Today'. VV: And what are you up to at the moment program-wise? for a foreigner to present these kind of programs because they want to show an outsider's experience. In my case, I was sent to around 45 different destinations around the country to do the � , . � ! - INTERVIEW: CELEBRITY // RUSSIAN TV programs, so it really was an epic adventure. What I find sad though, is that most of the world's population still doesn't know how much Russia has to offer the foreign visitor. Russia Today is joint-owned by a private bank and the Kremlin, the aim was always to promote a better understanding of Russia, but it's going to take a long time... . , Starbucks... , , , , . VV: , ? : . , , , , , . , . � , , . VV: Have you ever been censored for saying something negative or politically incorrect? MA: Not once, no; although my job is not political in any way. Slowly but surely, I think Russia is becoming a Western country. Skyscrapers are popping up all over Moscow now, Starbucks are here too... you could argue that the country risks losing its identity because of this kind of globalisation, but I think it's more to do with an emerging middle-class and the kind of lifestyle they want to create for themselves. VV: You're obviously very upbeat about what you see around you in your new home? MA: Very much so, in fact I think a lot of the Russians who moved to London to escape the difficulties of life in their home country could well return before long as the tide has really turned here. What's more, Western countries also have a lot to learn from Russia, for example I find the calendar of patriotic events here hugely impressive, far more so than anything I experienced growing up in Liverpool in England. 24 VV: Final question, after all of your intrepid travelling around Russia, what destinations do you think will be most popular amongst Russians in five years time? MA: Infrastructure in Russia has exploded over the past twenty years, so places like Kamchatka, Lake Baikal and Sochi are growing at an amazing speed. Russia has the space, geography and diversity to make it one of the world's foremost tourist destinations, I promise you! . Russia Today � , , . ... VV: ? MA: . . , - VV: . . , ? : 20 , , , , . , , . ! Summer `09 // `09 H A U T E H O R L O G E R I E A U T H E N T I Q U E KALPAGRAPH l a collec tion LONDON CHELTENHAM YORK LONDON LONDON LONDON LONDON MANCHESTER BRIGHTON EDINBURGH Asprey Tel +44 (0)20 7493 6767 Beards Tel +44 (0)1242 516 238 Harpers Tel +44(0)1904 632 634 Harrods Tel +44 (0)20 7730 1234 Selfridges Tel +44 (0)800 123 400 Watches of Switzerland Knightsbridge Tel +44 (0)20 7581 7037 Watches of Switzerland Bond Street Tel +44 (0)20 7493 5916 Watches of Switzerland Tel +44 (0)161 834 2824 Watches of Switzerland Tel +44 (0)1273 325 257 Watches of Switzerland Tel +44 (0)131 225 6867 PARMIGIANI FLEURIER SA � SWITZERLAND 25 LITERATURE: GARDENS // ALISA DANSHOkH The Return of the Beautiful Lady 26 Summer `09 // `09 y friend once invited me to a girls-only tea party. As we sipped exotic tea that the hostess brought from a not-less-exotic country, we discussed the world economic crisis and its consequences, gossiped, and moved on to the third most important topic after weather and health � gardening and landscaping. One of the ladies spared no praise for the flowers at the King Square in Brussels; the other could not stop talking about a Japanese sakura in bloom in the Zakarpatye town of Uzhgorod; yet another was amazed by multicolor hydrangeas surrounding Lake Como in Italy. My inborn need for justice required immediate gratification, and I claimed � in the most categorical manner � that the best gardens and parks are those found in England. For instance, in London, roses bloom all year round: the last ones cease blossoming in February, and the first ones appear in March. To confirm my words, I produced an image taken with my mobile phone camera in January that year: a rose bush in bloom, its flowers capped with snow. Suddenly, it seemed like everyone had something to say about roses � the difficulties of growing them in harsh climates, their varieties, garden centers, diseases, peculiarities and the beauty of those prima donnas of the flower world. Listening about the others' achievements didn't make me happy however � on the contrary, I was seized by an intense, burning envy. I had nothing to show for my own gardening successes, and so I told the company about a St.Petersburg exhibition, The Gardens of Russian Emperors, and about the search for an ancient rose bush planted by one of the Russian empresses. How marvelous would it be to regain the lost scent of this most exquisite and royal flower! The gardening hobbyists were excited to hear about a festive event that was about to take place in the Mikhailovsky Park by the Russian Museum. They all seemed willing to attend and promised to support this great undertaking in every way possible. Surprisingly enough, they turned their words into deeds: in several days, the 2nd International Gardens of Russian Emperors Festival in St. Petersburg received a gift - an amazing story of a rose. M . , , , � - . , , . , , . , . , . : . , , , , , . , , . , , � � , . ! -. , . , . II- � � . 27 LITERATURE: GARDENS // ALISA DANSHOkH On February 7, 1921, the poet Alexander Blok, the faithful knight of the Beautiful Lady and the armor-bearer of Russian poetry, passed away. Shortly before his death, he wrote: "My life � so dull, so pointless!" He was tired, disappointed and sick. Faith could not save him, and love � synonymous in Russian with the name of his wife, Lyubov � could not protect him. In his own words: "...i haven't accomplished what i was supposed to accomplish. " The funeral took place on a Sunday. Boris Malyshev, an 18-yearold student of St. Petersburg Conservatory, waited at the entrance outside the building at Offitserskaya Street, 57, for a long time before he mustered the courage to walk up to the fourth floor and enter the open door into the poet's apartment. The room � with curtains half-lowered across the windows and candles flickering everywhere � was filled with a sweet scent of flowers. A young man, barely older than a boy, was sobbing convulsively in the corner. Boris recognized the woman in mourning clothes on a chair beside the wall: it was Anna Akhmatova. He briefly stopped by the coffin and walked off to the window. Outside, the sad embankment of Pryazhka River stretched into the distance. Dreary abandoned docks lined with ghost ships punctuated the shores of the bay. It was far from how Boris had imagined the visit to see his favorite poet. Following the example of his older brother Sergei, he had entered the Blok Society, the members of which read their poems aloud to each other, imitating their idol's hypnotic manner. Boris dreamt "of valor, feats and glory" fantasized about the , mysterious stranger and her "dark blue fathomless eyes" Twice . he had the luck of being present at poetry readings when Blok participated. Back then, he didn't have the courage to approach his Teacher, but he made a promise to himself to write something that he wouldn't be ashamed to show him. Alas, now his dreams would never come true. Boris woke from his sad thoughts. His head was swimming from all the people thronging around, from hunger, and from the heady smell of white lilies. He started towards the exit and bumped into a tall, thin girl in the doorway. She was holding a rose of an unusual, scarlet-orange color. Boris apologized and stepped aside to let her pass. She looked at him. There was 28 7 1921 , . : " , !" , , . , , "... ... , ." . 57 , . , . - , , . , , � . , , , -. . � �, , , , - . � , , �, , �, �. . , , . , . . , , . . - . , . . - - . , . , , , , . , . Summer `09 // `09 sadness in her huge green eyes under the mane of thick, curly bright red hair. Boris thought that she looked like she had just cried. He turned his head to look after her as she approached the coffin, leant a little and looked intently at the poet's face. Her lips were moving softly, as if she was praying or reciting a poem. The rose that she brought touched Blok's face in a final kiss and joined the other flowers in the coffin. From then on, things started to move quickly. The pallbearers picked up the coffin and carried it out of the apartment. When they maneuvered it down the narrow staircase, some of the flowers on the top fell down, and Boris stooped to pick them up. He realized he was holding the same orange rose, and without thinking about it, he hid it in his pocket. In the street, Boris scanned the crowd for the red-haired girl, but she was nowhere in sight. When he got home, Boris put the petals of the fallen rose into his notebook where he scribbled down his favorite Blok poems � as a sad remainder of the funeral day and the green-eyed stranger that he met. A year had passed, and on a fine September day, Boris was crossing the Upper Summer Garden on his way home to Petrogradskaya , , . . , , , . , . . , . . . , � , . , . . � � ( ), , , . . , , : �, , , . ...� , , . , , . , , : � 10 . ... �. : � � . "", �. . , . � , � , � . , , , � �. , . , , , . , � . , , � -�. . . ��, 1904, . Vrubel �Rose�, 1904, , , , : 29 LITERATURE: GARDENS // ALISA DANSHOkH Storona. The park had recently been renamed The Garden of MOPR (abbreviated from the Russian for 'International Help Organization for the Fighters of the Revolution'), but it didn't make it any less beautiful. The autumn leaves were alight with all possible hues of gold, reminding him of a red-haired girl with a rose whom he met at the poet's funeral. He thought about her often; at these moments he opened his notebook on a page marked with dry rose petals and re-read his favorite lines: i am a boy; i light a candle and keep the incense burning on. i hear her laugh beyond the river, without a thought, speechlessly... Suddenly, he saw the girl he kept remembering; she was walking right towards him. He recognized her right away; this time, he couldn't afford to let her disappear without talking to her. He caught up with the girl, greeted her and said anxiously: "I saw you on the 10th of August last year. You put a fire-red rose into Alexander Alexandrovich's coffin... And then I lost you." With a shy smile, she answered: "Blok is my favorite poet. I brought him a rose named Alexandra, from my own rose bush." The girl told Boris about her father's unusual custom. For each of his newborn daughters, he planted a rose bush that bore her name. The oldest, Ophelia, the middle, Anna, and the youngest, Alexandra. For their mother, Sophia, their father created a new kind of rose and called it The Beautiful Lady. It turned out that the young couple had a lot in common. The girl liked poetry, music and theater; they also found out that they were neighbors: Alexandra lived on Bolshaya Monetnaya, and Boris, in the beginning of Kamennoostrovsky Prospekt. For a long while, they stood at the bank of Neva by the Troitsky Bridge, watching the city and the river sink into the "murky light blue dusk" . As they were saying their goodbyes by the entrance to Alexandra's house, she remarked sadly that they were unlikely to meet again � in a few days, her entire family was about to move in with her father's sister in Paris. Boris asked her to write and left his address. She promised that he'd hear from her. He picked up the courage to kiss her hand as they parted. From then on, every poem he wrote was dedicated to his Beautiful Lady � Alexandra Neklyudova, his red-haired, green-eyed muse. . , . . . , � � � , . *** . 1975 . Years had passed. It was 1975 when Boris Andreyevich Malyshev, now a college professor, was invited to Paris on behalf of the Humanitarian Arts College at la Sorbonne to teach `translation theory' . 30 Alissa Danshokh *** Summer `09 // `09 His mornings were filled with lectures, seminars, discussions and meetings with his colleagues; in the afternoons, he took long leisurely walks around that dream city for lovers of art, literature, theater, or cinema. He couldn't remember the last time when he felt so completely happy. He was drunk on being free � the feeling more powerful than anything a couple of glasses of Veuve Cliquot could ever induce. On his second week in Paris, he had a strange dream: all the famous sights of the French capital were lined up on a single street. Everything was there � the Pantheon, Notre Dame Cathedral, the Arc de Triomphe. Then he found himself in a fairy tale garden, where, like in Anatole France's Le livre de mon ami, golden leaves fell slowly, circling in the air, and clung to the beautiful marble shoulders of garden statues. When Boris woke up, he decided that he would stop by the Luxembourg Garden, especially since it was only a short walk away from the university and he had some free time in between lectures. While strolling through the famous garden, the professor recalled another garden of an equal fame � the Summer Garden; a similar fine day in September, the golden leaves of autumn � and the Beautiful Lady, the green-eyed stranger, walking towards him. Indeed, it's quite possible that she's still somewhere here, in Paris! In 1923, near the New Year's Eve, he got a postcard from her � she wrote that everything was fine, that they were now living at her aunt Vera's place, and that she sent her greetings for the coming Christmas. She didn't put her return address on the card. Oh no - he's already spent a week in Paris and hadn't even attempted to find her! He thought that perhaps he could enquire about Alexandra Neklyudova, his red-haired muse, at a Russian church. On a Sunday morning, as the church bells rang, Boris stepped inside the Alexander Nevsky cathedral on Daru Street. He was overwhelmed with childhood memories: the Sunday mass at the village church in their small estate near Pskov; the golden icon-stand, the smells of wax and frankincense, of white lilies and gillyflowers from his mother's garden. He remembered these lines by Blok: a girl was singing in the choir with fervour of all who have known exile and distress, of all the vessels that have left the harbour, of all who have forgotten happiness. her voice soared up to the dome. Glistening, a sunbeam brushed her shoulder in its flight, and from the darkness all were listening to the white dress singing in the beam of light. it seemed to everyone that happiness would come back... � , , , � � , , , , . . � �. : . , . , , � � , , , . , , . , , , , , , , . , ! 1923 . , , , . . , ! , , , - , . . : , , , , , . : � , , , , . , , , , . , ...� , , . , , 31 LITERATURE: GARDENS // ALISA DANSHOkH Boris felt tears rolling down his cheeks, but he didn't feel awkward for crying. He felt young again � as if the war, the blockade of St.Petersburg, the loss of his family, friends, the arrests, the labor camps � as if none of that had ever happened. In a moment, he'll turn his head and... Suddenly a young woman entered the church, her fiery-red hair peeking from under her headscarf. She stopped near Boris, crossed herself and closed her eyes as she went deep into prayer. He could hardly wait for the mass to end. When it was over, he followed the young woman outside and spoke to her in French: "Excusez-moi, le nom d'Alexandra Nekludova vous dit quelque chose?" � "Excuse me, does the name of Alexandra Neklyudova sound familiar to you?" She instantly replied: "Oui, c'est ma grande-m�re" � "Yes. She was my grandmother." He was almost speechless with emotion. "I knew your grandmother." They switched to Russian. She had a slight, charming French accent. She told him that her name was Barbara; she lived in Provence and worked at a perfume factory lab in Grasse. From time to time, she came to Paris to visit her parents, and always stopped by the Russian church that she had often visited with her grandmother. In turn, Boris told her about his memorable encounter at Blok's funeral, about the rose that fell out of the coffin, and how he still kept the petals in a notebook filled with his favorite poems. "Oh, the roses!" The young woman sighed. "The tradition of our great-grandfather is still alive. Every woman in our family is 32 , , , , ... ... . - - . , , , . , : �Excusez-moi, le nom d'Alexandra Nekludova vous dit quelque chose?� (�, ?�). : �Oui, c'est ma grandm�re� (�. �). : � �. . , . , , , . , . , , , , . . �, ! . - , - Summer `09 // `09 named for a rose, and every year, our namesake bushes bloom in the garden by our house in Normandy. My mother, Annabelle, has perfumed, deep rose-colored flowers. Aunt Clothilde is a light rose, and she blooms all summer long. For my grandmother, I planted a new bush � Alexandra Renaissance � with big, bright pink flowers." � "And how do you bloom?" � Boris asked. Barbara laughed. "I have a bit of an Englishwoman in me � my rose name is Austen, and my petals are of a delicate pinkish white, with light perfume. I'm also very resistant to diseases and pests. You know, I've been working on a new fragrance, La Belle Dame � we have a rose by the same name over in Normandy." As they were parting, Boris asked Barbara to send him several petals of her grandmother's namesake rose. Next summer, a pretty envelope from France arrived in the mail. Inside, there was a color photo of a rose bush in bloom, and several dried petals. Boris thought they had an especially delicate, tender scent. In his imagination, he pictured the woman who, a century ago, inspired her husband to grow a beautiful flower � and in the end of the next century, was inspiring her great-granddaughter to look for a special new fragrance. Of course, she was tall, red-haired, and had green eyes. She loved poetry and roses, and in the course of her lifetime, she herself had turned into a most exquisite and beautiful flower. In 1979, Barbara Guillot came to St.Petersburg. She visited Boris and met his son Sergei; two years later, Barbara and Sergei married, and in 1982, they had a daughter they named Victoria. They planted two rose bushes for her: one in Normandy, the other in the cottage settlement of Komarovo near St.Petersburg. When Victoria's St.Petersburg cousin Lisa turned sixteen, she gave her a rose cane as a birthday present. After almost a hundred years, The Beautiful Lady came back to her home country. It's still as beautiful and fragrant as a century ago. . - . � -, . � , , . � ?� � . : � , - . . , �La Belle Dame�, . , � �. . , . , , . , , , . . 1979 , , 1982 . : , . . . . 33 INTERVIEW:BOOkS // Uk/RUSSIA Jonathan Dimbleby In his revealing book, "Russia � a Journey to the Heart of a Land and its People" distinguished author , and BBC broadcaster Jonathan Dimbleby crossed eight time zones and covered 10,000 miles, from Murmansk in the Arctic Circle to the Asian city of Vladivostok, in an attempt to discover modern Russia. Lisa Sanguedolce caught up with him upon his return to the UK. � � � -- 10 , . . 34 Summer `09 // `09 35 INTERVIEW: BOOkS // Uk/RUSSIA vv: Mr Dimbleby, can you give us a little more insight into the inception of your latest book project? JD: It's been the most extraordinary adventure I could ever have imagined. I went as an explorer; beyond the Russia many of us know. I read a lot beforehand but was surprised by the lack of reportage or books about the life that is lived outside of the great Russian cities. It was a real eye-opener for me. I was struck by the isolation, poverty and alienation in which these very tough, resilient and delightful communities live, especially in rural Russia. There is still a huge a social divide, a large gulf between rich and poor, both in and outside of the cities. I was astonished at the extent that the retail structure has advanced too. All of the major cities offer locals many opportunities for retail therapy yet at the same time the infrastructure is relatively run down and there is an absence of high quality medical care, people need to pay for education and there is still a lot of corruption in everyday life. Racism between sects of Russians also persists, along with alcoholism in communities where unemployment is especially high. vv: what about on the more positive side of things? JD: On the upside, Russia is a wonderful country and to witness the survival spirit of its people as an 36 outside visitor was a truly amazing experience. The extreme temperatures seem to have made Russians especially tough and resilient. Although they can occasionally seem abrupt at first, once you get through the hard exterior, you are met with extreme hospitality, warmth and a vv: , ? ..: , . , , , - - ), , , , . , welcoming, friendly people. vv: what were your lasting impressions of the russian landscape? JD: It was thrilling travelling around the country, taking in the beauty of the vast spaces. For a Russian who sees it every day it may be monotonous but to see the wide-open tundra and the Siberian landscape of nothingness for me, personally, was something I shall never forget. vv: what message would you like to give readers of the book, and perhaps russians in particular? . , , , . . , , , , , . � , . , (- - , , . vv: ? .: , � , , , - . , . , - Summer `09 // `09 I had the chance to meet hundreds of Russians in all their rich diversity. The journey took a total of eighteen weeks . . , , . vv: ? ..: � . , , , , . , � , . , , - , - . vv: , JD: . , , , , , �, , �. � , , . � . . 37 JD: In all societies people who are fortunate, clever and hardworking can reach the top and have a very good life. They can travel and live where they want. If they love their homeland they must, at one point in their lives, ask not what they can do for themselves, but what they can do for their country. Caring for those who have very little, sharing in their prosperity and giving back to build up the social fabric of their country is an important and necessary process. vv: Tell us about the spirit of the russian people that you came across on your trip. JD: I had the chance to meet hundreds of Russians in all their rich diversity. The journey took a total of eighteen weeks, enough time to delve beneath the surface and discover some of the realities of life in a resurgent nation that for me � in Churchill's aphorism � was still `a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma' . In my encounters I met with a diverse range of ordinary Russians � from urban intellectuals and the new class of entrepreneurs, to impoverished peasants and Russia's ethnic minorities struggling to cling to their distinctive identities, each with a story to tell. It was such an honour to speak to them and include their stories in the book. vv: , ? .: , . , . , - - INTERVIEW: ART // MOSCOW Maria Baibakova Maria Baibakova is the founder of Baibakov Art Projects, an innovative series of contemporary art exhibitions held at the Red October Chocolate Factory in Moscow and various avant-garde galleries around the world. V V caught up with her at Browns Hotel in London to discuss the current state of Russia's contemporary art industry. vv: Maria, first or all, can you explain a little about the red october building you are using in Moscow? MB: Certainly, it is a genuinely iconic building but one that was completely closed off to the outside world in the past. Now that we have taken it over though, there is this new sense of excitement as people are able to engage with the factory in completely new ways. vv: is this the first example of an iconic building in Moscow being converted into an art gallery? MB: Well, I wouldn't say I am the first person to convert an old factory into an art gallery, but Red October is different because it is some of the most expensive real estate in all of Russia. It really does have a fabulous location, right by the river. It's worth explaining that our gallery is part of a wider development project that will, eventually, see the entire factory building converted into luxury lofts. So we are not a permanent resident, we're just there while the property developers sort out their paper work! vv: what will happen when you eventually have to move out? won't that be difficult moving to a new home so suddenly? MB: Not really, Muscovites like to go to new spaces all the time and they are very brand oriented; I am building the Baibakova Art Projects brand, whether that has a home at the Red October or not is irrelevant, the relationship is between me and Moscow's contemporary art lovers. 38 vv: , � �. : . , -, . vv: , ? : , , , � � - : . , . , � . . , . vv: , ? ? : . . Baibakova Art Projects, , � � - : . Summer `09 // `09 Baibakov Art Projects Baibakov Art Projects � , � � . V V Browns, -. vv: , ? ? : � , 16 40, � , . ; . : , . vv: ? , ? : , , , . - , , . , , . vv: , ? : , . - , . � . , , � , , . 39 vv: who exactly are those art fans? what sort of person visits your exhibitions? MB: The openings are attended by two types of people: the socio-political elite of Russia and then people aged between 16 and 40 who work in creative industries such as media. We also receive a lot of older, more conservative visitors to the gallery on the weekends, some of whom may be offended by what they see. I don't mind that though because ultimately I want to stimulate appreciation of art amongst the general Russian public as a whole, and that means challenging some of the preconceived ideas of what art is about. vv: what do you think of the russian art scene at the moment? what would you do to change it or improve it? MB: I feel that it is largely reactive to what is going on in the Western world; it's not yet proactive enough in terms of finding its own distinct voice. I grew up in New York and London; now that I am back in Moscow I am not particularly inspired by what I see to be honest. What does encourage me however is the desire amongst Russian artists to improve their work and push themselves in new directions. vv: how do you go about selecting the artists you work with? MB: It's always difficult to explain how a curator's mind works as it's about personal inspiration. My family are art collectors so I am exposed to a lot of art all of the time. My goal is to introduce international contemporary art into Russia. We are a not-for-profit organisation, which removes some of the commercial pressure on me as curator obviously, but it also sets us apart from the crowd - which is exactly what we want! ART: RUSSIAN // PARIS "Mouvement I" 1935, Tretiakov Gallery, , Moscow. � ADAGP, Paris 2009 ��, 1935, , . � ADAGP, Paris 2009 40 Summer `09 // `09 The major exhibition of summer 2009 in Paris is dedicated to none other than Vassily Kandinsky. Showing at the Centre Pompidou until 10th August, it offers a comprehensive overview of the artist's career via a selection of works covering each of his key `periods' This retrospective is . the first of its kind in the French capital in nearly 25 years; it will transfer to New York's Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum from 18th September 2009 until 31st January 2010. "Einige Kreise (Several Circles)" 1926, , Guggenheim Museum, New York. � ADAGP, Paris 2009 � �, 1926, , -. � ADAGP, Paris 2009 "Groupement" 1937, Moderna Museet, , Stockholm. � ADAGP, Paris 2009 ��, 1937, , . � ADAGP, Paris 2009 It's also worth noting that the Centre Pompidou permanently houses the Kandinsky Library, one of the largest documentary libraries in Europe devoted to 20th Century arts containing over 200,000 printed works, exhibition catalogues and periodicals. 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With Russia `off limits' for so long however, only now are we beginning to see these international brands make real inroads into the national hotel market. V V spoke to Mike Collini, Hilton's Vice President of Development for Northern Europe & Russia about the company's plans for Russia. 46 Hilton � . , . VV Hilton . Summer `09 // `09 VV: Hilton has a collection of brands aimed at different types of hotel guest, from `economy', to `mid-market' and `luxury'. Which of those segments are you focusing on in Moscow? MC: It's not quite that simple, in fact the answer is what we call the "3 by 3" strategy: we're looking at three different geographic areas in and around Moscow. The first is Moscow city itself, we believe it is capable of supporting hotels from all of our different brands, from luxury right down to economy. Then, further out in the suburban peripheries we're looking to develop more midmarket and economy hotels. The third area for us is the land VV: , ? M: , , , , , . , � , , . , , . , . , . -. � , -. VV: ? : , . , 11 1 , , . , . VV: , ? : , , , . . VV: Mike, could you give us a quick outline of what your job involves and the kind of projects you are currently working on? MC: I look after development in Russia, CIS, the Baltic and Nordic states, Hungary, Romania and Turkey. Of those, Russia and Turkey are the two main strategic markets for us. Russia in particular was identified as somewhere to focus on as it has such huge potential. We even set up a dedicated Moscow development office to help us establish ourselves there. around Moscow's three main airports where again we'll be developing mid-market and economy brands primarily. VV: And where do you expect to see the most rapid growth of your portfolio in Russia overall? MC: In the regions, without a doubt. There are 11 cities outside of Moscow with more than 1million inhabitants and we think there is a lot of space for our mid-market brands to grow there, and possibly some more upscale properties as well in the future. VV: Hilton , : -, , . VV: - , ? : . , - , , - , � Hilton. �. - . . , - : , , , Hilton, 47 HOTELS: DEVELOPMENT // RUSSIA VV: What makes you so confident of success outside of the two main cities? MC: Well, it may seem hard to believe but outside of Moscow and St.Petersburg there are only seven branded hotels in operation today, and in a country the size of Russia, that says a lot. . , , . VV: Is it fair to say that you have to work especially hard in the smaller Russian cities to ensure that people recognise your brand and know what Hilton stands for? MC: Actually, it seems the majority of people in Russia instinctively know about Hilton already so we don't expect that to be a problem at all. We're a genuinely global brand and we invest heavily in marketing globally too so that people everywhere continue to recognise us as a leading brand in the hotel sector. VV: Hilton Leningradskaya , . ? : ! . � , - Hilton, , . , . VV: You have recently opened the five-star Hilton Leningradskaya in Moscow, one of the city's `seven sisters', how did you win that contract? MC: Ah, that's an interesting one... We actually got involved very late on in that project. The developer had problems with his original hotel partner, they weren't making good progress and eventually he came to Hilton to find out if we'd like to step in at the last minute. We were able to react quickly and signed a franchise deal shortly afterwards. VV: ? : . , , . , . VV: So how much influence did you have over the re-design of the historic property? MC: Not a huge amount really, as I say, we came in so late that most of it had already been done by the time we signed up. Our role became one of making sure certain quality standards were met and lending operational support prior to the launch. VV: The Leningradskaya is just one hotel though, is it true that Hilton are looking to launch 70+ new hotels over the next 10 years? MC: That's certainly the target we have set ourselves, yes. It's a lot of growth but we believe the numbers will start to build once we have more momentum. With the right kind of local partners by our side, the development deals should become easier and easier to secure as we go along. Or at least, that's the plan! VV: Leningradskaya � . , 10 HIlton 70 ? : , , . , , , . , , , . , , . 48 Summer `09 // `09 49 TRAVEL: SPAS // RUSSIA ESPA clever collaboration with the prestigious global spa brand ESPA ensured that the Ritz-Carlton immediately attracted the luxury spa-loving clientele it had hoped for. Today the hotel's lower-level wellness centre stands as a genuine destination in its own right, independent of what takes place on the hotel floors above. Visitors make a rapid transition from the classical appeal of the hotel's grandiose entrance lobby down into the contemporary chic of the spa, one floor below. An abundance of marble, Bisazza mosaics and colored fiberoptic lighting in the ceiling all create an immediate impression of laidback luxury designed to soothe the senses and begin the process of physical and spiritual relaxation. The 2000 sq metre spa has a total of 14 treatment rooms decorated in sophisticated tones of beige, cherry and mahogany brown, while the impressive 110 sq metre swimming pool has 50 A Moscow's Ritz-Carlton Hotel set itself a precise goal before opening in summer 2007: to become the premier hospitality offering in the Russian capital. To do so it had to leapfrog the already well-established Ararat Park Hyatt and give the forthcoming Four Seasons something to worry about, not just in terms of bedrooms and restaurants, but spas too. hundreds of Swarovski crystal lights embedded in the ceiling above. Lounge beds around the edges of the pool area provide the perfect viewpoint from which to take in the black and gold mosaic finish to the pool floor. Other features include a hotpool, sauna, steam room, ice fountains, `rain showers' and a subdued relaxation area for those indulgent post-treatment naps. Over 50% of visitors to this ESPA are men, and the menu of treatments has been duly adapted to meet the needs of this growing market of male spa-lovers. Look out for the Stressbuster, Fitness, and Soothing Aromatherapy massages in particular. ESPA take huge care in training of every one of its staff members, meaning visitors here are made to feel entirely at ease once on the massage bed, safe in the knowledge that they are being treated by one of the best masseurs in the country, bar none. The full treatment menu includes everything from a 25-minute Salt & Oil Scrub through to a four-hour (!) Jet Lag Recovery session for those with an entire morning or afternoon to dedicate to pampering and rejuvenation. In a sign of the kind of clientele the spa appeals to, that is not the only such marathon treatment available on the menu either, other such `day spa programs' include Escape From the City, Detox & Renew and the Totally Holistic Treatment; each lasting up to four hours and making use of a combination of different experiences on offer from around the spa area. Apparently the most popular treatment at the moment is a combination of the one-hour Aromatherapy massage and one-hour Purifier facial; the soothing massage giving wonderful stress relief, while the facial leaves the skin with a noticeably renewed radiance. www.ritzcarlton.com MOSCOW Summer `09 // `09 ESPA ESPA, Ritz-Carlton , . - , . , . , Bisazza, , . 2000 - 14 , , , , 2007 : Ritz-Carlton , Ararat Park Hyatt Four Seasons, , . 110- Swarovsky. , , - . , , , , , . ESPA � ; , . , - . ESPA . , : . , 25- (!) , . , , , , . , : 4 � �, � � � �; , . . , . www.ritzcarlton.com 51 TRAVEL: SPAS // PARIS Mention the word "Paris" and, for many of us, thoughts of indulgence, romance and joie de vivre are never far away. The everyday reality for locals may be somewhat different, but such positive associations are what keep Paris firmly at the top of the "world's favourite city" lists. After a recent bout of new arrivals, Paris is now vying for the title of Europe's spa capital too. Here's our run-down of the cr�me de la cr�me. 52 ��, , . , , . , , . . Summer `09 // `09 V almont is a Swiss cosmetics brand with a strong focus on genetic research and cellular technology. Their products and treatments are based on solid foundations of scientific knowledge aimed at reducing the dehydration of our skin and the visible signs of ageing. The result is rebalanced, radiant skin that is better equipped to do battle with the negative effects of time. The Meurice's spa has had to make do with a limited amount of space, yet still falls comfortably into the `deluxe urban spa' category. Our intensive moisturising facial was expertly executed, with an attentive therapist taking diligent notes on our daily cleansing regime and, at the end of the session, offering a number of suggestions for possible improvements in the future. While the 50-minute Discovery Treatment is a quick yet effective introduction to the Valmont facial product range, it's worth considering one of the full 90-minute Glaciers Moisturising or Glaciers Regenerating treatments, both of which deploy collagen masks to help make wrinkles disappear and leave the skin feeling ten years younger. A 60-minute Vitality treatment is designed specifically for men, aimed at exfoliating dead cells on the skin's surface via use of a collagen mask. The products used in this particular facial are deliberately soothing to mitigate the possibility of rashes or negative reactions from sensitive skin. almont � , . , , . , . Le Meurice , . , VV, . . , Valmont , � � � �, , . . � � : � . , � , . 53 V TRAVEL: SPAS // PARIS takes something really special to get us excited about a spa treatment. All too often we leave a spa slightly underwhelmed by the massage, scrub or facial, and with our wallets EUR200+ lighter too. Not so at the Plaza Athen�e's Dior Institut where we recently had one of the finest treatments of our spa-going career. Entering via an all-white corridor lined with mirrors, a water feature and gentle touches of purple lighting, guests are offered a warm herbal tea and escorted to the changing rooms for a shower and sauna before commencing their treatment. The aura of subdued calm that pervades the Dior spa entrance continues through to the spacious treatment rooms where pre-warmed massage beds, extra thick blankets and fine cotton sheets await. A guest therefore feels immediately enveloped by sensual materials, as if lying in a silk cocoon. A team of masterfully trained masseuses are on hand to ensure the next 90-minutes are as sublime as possible. Using Dior beauty creams, some of the most indulgent on the market in our opinion, most treatments here begin with a back massage to realign the body's posture, increase energy levels and brighten the complexion. Upon leaving the spa, one's mind is entirely clear of all worries and stress, except in our case as the only thing we could think about was when we'd be able to visit again for a follow-up treatment 54 It VV - . , , , � 200 , . Plaza Athen�e : . , . , . , , , . , - : , , . , � Dior, . , , . , . VV � , . Summer `09 // `09 It's all change at Hotel le Bristol. Not only have they bought the adjacent building, with plans to add a plethora of new rooms and suites, but the spa can now be accessed directly from the hotel and has also been enlarged with three additional treatment rooms including a double room (with two massage beds) and a makeup booth run by Canadian cosmetics guru Lise Watier. Natural stone floors, whitewood furniture, cashmere cushions and silver accessories all help create a feeling of refined luxury throughout the spa. All Anne Semonin treatments start with an initial diagnosis for each client based around their lifestyle, skin type and the beauty products they normally use. Then, the therapists develop a treatment adapted to the client's specific needs by diligently mixing the most suitable essential oils with various treatment products. Finally, to finish the treatment, clients are offered Mariage Fr�res tea, accompanied by the hotel's homemade mini-macaroons. During the Bristol's `Signature Massage with Herbal Pumices', aromatic oils of calming lavender, sweet mandarin and stimulating oregano are massaged over the body from top to toe. Combined with the use of heated aromatic pumices and aromatic oils, this treatment is designed to soothe tension and relieve aching or tired muscles. That process is followed by a relaxing full-body massage that helps release nervous tension and provides deep muscular relief with hot basalt stones. �� . , , , . , , ( � , ) , . : , , , . Anne Semonin , . , . Mariage Fr�res, � , . � � � - , , , . . , . 55 TRAVEL: SPAS // PARIS he Jacques Garcia-designed Hotel Fouquet's Barriere may not have the history of the traditional Parisian `palace' hotels, but nor did it have the same build constrictions when it came to designing its spa. Consequently, the U Spa houses one of the few hotel swimming pools in the centre of the city, and one of the largest too at 16m in length. Far more than just somewhere for a few lengths of backstroke in the morning, the pool functions as the centrepiece for the entire 750 sq m spa area. Look out for hidden jacuzzis, submerged recliners and both hot and cold water jets, as well as a resort-like chill-out area next to the pool with loungers, lifestyle magazines and herbal tea, perfect for lazy Sunday afternoons. Seven treatment rooms offering a range of facials, massages and scrubs, as well as a sauna and hammam, have all been given a contemporary design using generous amounts of teak decking, maroon coloured walls and aluminium finishes. All in all, le Fouquet's has a strong spa offer with considerable advantages in terms of its ample size and modern design. So even if you're not staying at the hotel, you could do a lot worse than pay them a visit to see what all the fuss is about. 56 T , Fouqet's Barriere , -, . U Spa � : 16 . � , , 750- . , , , - , , . , U Spa , , , . , . Le Fouquet , . , , , -. Summer `09 // `09 57 TRAVEL: HOTELS // kARLOVY VARY SAvOY WESTEND HOTEL If you want your spa stay to be an unrepeatable and unique experience, accept our invitation to the exclusive and fabulously charming spa resort, the Savoy Westend Hotel, which is located in the most attractive historic part of Karlovy Vary. A , ? Savoy Westend Hotel, . llow yourself to be carried away by the atmosphere of a bygone era which follows you at every step. Thanks to the careful reconstruction of the original historical buildings and the preservation of the unique architectonic elements, in combination with a sensible incorporation of the most modern equipment, this spa resort meets the requirements of even the most demanding clientele. The Savoy Westend Hotel is the dominant feature of the historic and, from the architectonic aspect, very unique, Westend district which came into being in the 1890's. It is located in the immediate vicinity of the spa centre and the famous Mill Colonnade. The construction of this luxurious hotel complex, the Savoy Westend Hotel, consisting of five separate villas - Savoy, Artemis, Kleopatra, Carlton and Rusalka - began in 1897 in accordance with the design of the famous Viennese architect, Alfred Bayern. Many significant personalities have visited it in its time. Let's, for example, name at least President T. G. Masaryk, who repeatedly stayed here in the years 1923-1933. In the years 2004 - 2005 the whole complex underwent a thorough and expensive reconstruction and in its new likeness was re-opened to visitors in June 2005. Thanks to the long-term foreign experience of the hotel management and the high demands on the qualifications of hotel personnel, the Savoy Westend Hotel provides services on an international level and is able to flexibly react to the latest trends in the area of spa treatment and wellness stays and even to the most demanding wishes of its clients. That is why thousands of guests from the whole world visit this unique fivestar hotel complex every year. 58 , . , SAVOY . Savoy Westend Hotel , , Westend, 90 . 19 . Savoy Westend Hotel, : Savoy, Artemis, Kleopatra, Carlton Rusalka � 1897 . Alfreda Bayerna. , , , .G.Masaryk, 1923 1933. 20042005. . Savoy Westend Hotel 2005 . Savoy Westend Hotel , wellness, . . Summer `09 // `09 59 TRAVEL: RESTAURANTS // PARIS We are big fans of le Bristol's classical d�cor, superlative service and Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honor� location. But if there is one thing that keeps drawing us back, even when staying on the other side of town, it's the haute cuisine restaurant run by Chef de Cuisine Eric Frechon. Now with the top `3 Michelin star' rating, Chef Frechon is unarguably one of the world's finest chefs and each year, from May to September, his culinary masterpieces are served in the hotel's summer dining room. Lighter, airier and considerably less subdued than the winter room, both lunch and dinner here are likely to be truly memorable experiences. Book your table several weeks in advance, keep the rest of your afternoon or evening free from commitments and expect to leave several kilos heavier than when you arrived. ��, . , �� � , . �� . � � , , . , , . , ( ) , - , . 60 Summer `09 // `09 Impressively sized `green asparagus from the Pertuis' were served as a starter with a petite portion of imperial caviar from the Sologne and a light zabaglione sauce. This dish looked incredibly simple on the plate, yet managed to leave your magazine editor in stunned silence at the intensity of its flavours. As we realised over the course of the meal, Chef Frechon enjoys nothing more than playing with his diners in this way. In his culinary universe at least, things are never quite as they seem and surprise is key! A `bar de l'Ile d'Yeu' or `Sand , Sole' had been pan-fried , and stuffed with capers and lemon, then drizzled with melted butter sauce; a fairly standard combination of flavours, however the addition of a pungent chicken stock completely changed the overall composition of the dish and transformed it into something far more challenging on the palette. Of our main courses though, it was the `turbot sauvage' or , `wild turbot' that really got our , attention. Unusually, the fish came studded with pieces of Spanish cured ham and a sauce of clams, leeks and fishbone stock. Again, the saltiness of the ham added the necessary complexity and depth to the otherwise delicate, creamy flavours; without that key Spanish ingredient though, the dish would surely have lost its distinctive Frechon personality. By the time most diners arrive at the dessert stage of a meal here, they have been inundated with amusesbouches and palette-cleansing sorbets, on top of the rich starters and main courses... And yet dessert remains the only reasonable way to conclude a meal, anything else would be an offense to Chef Patissier Laurent Jeannin and his team! A `chocolat nyangbo' was an incredibly delicate work of choc-art involving liquid cocoa at its core, but was only the first of a three-part finale that also involved a superlative � � ��. , . , , . , , -, . , . , . , , , - . � , : , . � � , , . , . , . , , ��, . ! 61 plate of seasonal cheeses and countless homemade bonbons. In a personal touch that convinced us to make regular pilgrimages to this temple of `haute gastronomie' the , restaurant manager even managed to leave us with a small, perfectly wrapped box of the bonbons we had enjoyed the most. `Chapeaux' to Le Bristol, it simply doesn't get much better than this. We'll be back for more in the winter! . , � '�, , . , , . , - TRAVEL: VILLAS // ITALY 62 Summer `09 // `09 illa la Massa was originally built for the Medici family in the mid-16th Century but passed through a succession of aristocratic owners before the descendants of Catherine the Great took ownership. V sister property to one of our veryvery favourite hotels in the world, villa d'este on italy's lake como, villa la Massa is a sublime Tuscan countryside retreat just 15minutes outside florence. Villa La Massa � VV, Villa d'Este . , , 15 . XVI , , . Upon arrival today one is immediately struck by the size of the 20-acre estate with its olive, lemon and cypress trees, herb garden and views onto the River Arno. The two main buildings, named the `Villa Nobile' (the Noble Villa) and `il Vecchio Mulino' (the Old Mill) contain a total of 37 bedrooms decorated in a rich, Renaissance-inspired style. Although each room has been individually decorated to similarly high standards, our top-floor Junior Suite with wall-to-wall windows looking out onto the rolling hills of Tuscany was the undisputed highlight of our visit. Waking up to that view each morning, one could hardly arrive at breakfast in anything but the best of moods! Head Chef Andrea Quagliarella plays his part in ensuring the hotel delivers a superlative dining experience to its guests thanks to his superb Tuscan cooking. For non-Italians visiting Florence, the area's culinary heritage must surely be one of the greatest attractions, and Chef Quagliarella doesn't disappoint. Traditional Tuscan `ribollita' soup, home made `tagliolini' pasta with black truffle and sea bass fillets with cherry tomatoes and black olives were just some of the dishes we sampled, revealing both the quality of the kitchen's ingredients and the chef's considerable talent. Underneath the main restaurant's dining room, an expansive wine cellar is available for tasting sessions with the head sommelier, private events or simply for learning about the many Tuscan wines produced locally, some of them just a few kilometers further down the River Arno. This summer saw the launch of a third, smaller villa named `Il Villino' that contains just five rooms. Not only does it provide families and groups with complete privacy whilst still benefitting from all of the hotel's services, it also contains a tworoom Presidential Suite with 1500 sq ft garden, fireplace and jacuzzi. The d�cor here has been subtly updated as well, with a dominance of beige, cream and natural wood colours, accented by soothing purples and blues. In sum, we felt instantly at home at Villa la Massa and were won over by the comparatively cool air, rural surroundings and 20- , , . � Villa Nobile ( � �) Vecchio Mulino (� �) 37 , . -, - , junior suite , . , , , ! , - . � , . , , , . , , , . , , Il Villino (� �). , . , 140- . , - . 63 TRAVEL: HOTELS // LONDON ModernitY A�t radition� of Despite retaining its mantle as one of London's most classic hotels, The Berkeley in Knightsbridge is also setting the pace for the city's hotel market at large with a series of daring expansion plans and a contemporary interior re-design. To find out how they are pulling it off in defiance of the global economy, VV checked in for a long weekend. The Berkeley . , . , The Berkeley , VV . lassic hotels in London can be divided roughly into two camps: those that are prepared to modernise in order to attract the next generation of hotel guests, and those that aren't. The Berkeley already falls well within the former camp thanks to its association with contemporary design guru David Collins, and they aren't done yet either. The aptly named Caramel Room, where breakfasts and the hotel's infamous Pret-a-Portea afternoon teas are held each 64 C : , , , , . Berkeley, , , . . , , Summer `09 // `09 day, will soon be extended out into what is currently the hotel driveway, adding much-needed table space and a perfect opportunity for an aesthetic spruceup courtesy of Mr Collins himself. You can just imagine the conversations between management and London's designer-du-jour, "David, you're doing the informal dining room for us, you've already done the fine dining restaurant... why don't you just re-do the Blue Bar as well while you're here?" And why not indeed? Potentially more controversial however will be the creation of a Presidential Suite on the top floor of the building where the fabulous outdoor pool and rooftop gym currently stand. The spa will move into abasement space instead, allowing the hotel owners, Quinlan Private Equity, to invest in a superlative penthouse Suite with views directly out onto Hyde Park. Apparently the demand for an uberluxurious apartment-style space was simply too great to ignore! The final element in the 3-5 year development plan is a residential component involving a number of neighbouring buildings recently acquired by Quinlan. Plans are as yet very much under wraps but if current form is anything to go by, The Berkeley will be out to impress here as well. One of the areas of the hotel that is already performing to the required levels of excellence, and therefore needs no tweaking at all, is the Marcus Wareing fine dining restaurant. On our mid-week visit the room was pleasantly full without being busy and the service was some of the finest we've experienced whilst this side of the Channel. Although the �35 set lunch looked temptingly good value for money, the 9-course Tasting Menu might well have taken up the rest of the afternoon, so we opted instead for an a' la carte selection; and a fine choice it was too. Chef Wareing proved to be a formidable force in the kitchen, sending out a series of carefully composed dishes that artfully united both French and British culinary influences. Roast loin of monkfish served with parsnips, chicken wings, chanterelle mushrooms and truffle shavings was the perfect example of his distinctive, bi-cultural approach, and it's one he's now executing as well as any other chef in the city, bar none. Wareing may keep his kitchen well hidden from view but one suspects things remain remarkably calm in there, despite the pressure and heat. It's indicative of how things are run throughout The Berkeley in fact, a result of some wellplaced confidence and a lot of hard work. We wish them luck in their plans for the future, but somehow we don't think they'll be needing it... , . . , . �, , ... , , ?� � ? - , . , , Quinlan, , -. , , . � , Quinlan. , , , , Berkeley . , , - , . , , , , , , . , 35 � . , . a la carte - . ; , . , , , , , . , , , , . Berkeley, . , , ... 65 TRAVEL: HOTELS // LONDON St.James' Home St.James London's hotel scene tends to go through exciting bursts of activity followed by extended periods of relative calm. Given current market conditions, it's no surprise that we are seeing very few new openings this year, yet Germany's Althoff Hotel Collection managed to re-launch the St. James' Hotel and Club just before the crisis took hold. Lana Kislova reports. . , , Althoff St James , . . T England. 66 ucked away down an elegant side street just off St. James' Street, this 60-room `hotel and club' has its historical roots in the gentlemens clubs that made the area such a favourite of aristocrats in Victorian Today, after an 18-month restoration, it has re-invented itself for the 21st Century and now blends touches of contemporary cool with a classic aesthetic. As such, it reflects a more general move away from trendy Philippe Starck-style hotel C , - , � � 60 , . , , 21- : , , Summer `09 // `09 designs towards something altogether more grown-up and timeless. It's always a good sign when you check in to a hotel and the receptionist greets you with a key to a Suite bearing the hotel's name, and so it proved here with the top-floor St. James' Suite. Hidden away from the rest of the hotel, it feels like a private penthouse apartment that London has yet to discover. Look out for handmade Hypnos mattresses, steam showers, Jacuzzi baths, silk wallpaper, Murano glass chandeliers and extra-large plasmas in the living area, making this a superlative suite product. Far be it from us to suggest that the Ritz, located just around the corner, is looking a little tired nowadays, but for those in search of a more `low-key luxury' alternative, they could do a lot worse than moving their patronage a few doors down to this boutique alternative instead. A ground-floor restaurant and bar area is compact in size but offers plenty of opportunities for those seeking seclusion for an important lunch meeting or private dinner. Chef Philipp Vogel provides a modern Mediterranean menu with Asian touches, while the bar serves afternoon tea, aperitifs and evening cocktails to hotel guests and bespoke-suited hedge funders. Hotel General Manager Tim Pettifer used to work at the prestigious English country Ritz , . , . - . , , . , , - - (Cliveden House), . , �-�, . , , - , - , . - : , , . , , , �-� : � 2009 , . 67 retreat named Cliveden House, so he arrives here with a fine pedigree behind him. Throughout our stay the service was impeccable, one minor issue is that aside from the bedrooms and dining options, the hotel does not have a spa, fitness room or expansive public areas as one might find elsewhere. That said, this is very much a boutique business hotel: small but perfectly formed and catering to guests in search of a luxurious experience in a prestigious location. It may be more understated than many of the five-star hotels elsewhere in London, but the St. James' is no fool, 2009 is all about `stealth wealth' anyway, and this place does it brilliantly. , , . , , . �-� . , , , , , . Hypnos, , , , . , . LUXURY: INTERIORS // Uk Rupert Lund has been catering to the decorative needs of the discerning elite for many years now and counts Lord Ivar Mountbatten (cousin of Prince Philip and descendant of Nicholas I of Russia) and 10 Downing Street amongst his past clients. Blending raw creativity with pragmatic realism and an impressive network of contacts, Lund is much more than just an `upmarket builder'. Rupert Lund Rupert Lund : , I , -, 10. , , , . 68 Summer `09 // `09 aving Lady Elizabeth Anson, founder of Party Planners and party organiser to Europe's royal families, as Executive Chairman of your company is never going to do any harm to a business. But it is not going to help you build anything substantial in the longrun unless you can deliver a superlative service time after time, which is precisely how Rupert Lund has crafted his enterprise into one of Chelsea's most respected design powerhouses. Rupert was born in Hong Kong to a prominent shipping family, instead of following in his father's footsteps however, he decided to chart his own career course in the interior design and real estate industries. Originally focused on purchasing older properties that he would renovate to modern standards, adding his own inimitable aesthetic touch along the way, Rupert soon discovered his natural flair for blending creative instinct with commercial success and eventually formalised the business into Rupert Lund Developments. The company now focuses on renovating and designing interiors for residential properties in Central London. The company's services cover all aspects of the home, from minor alterations to multi-million pound overhauls, offering a truly unique and comprehensive offer. They can even source, let and sell properties, as well as refurbish and maintain them, if a client requests it. H , Party Planners, , - . , . . , , . , , . , . Rupert Lund Developments, . , : . , , . , . , , , : , . , , , - , . +44 (0) 20 7352 3569 www.rupertlund.com The Rupert Lund Showroom in Chelsea demonstrates how style and substance exist in equal measure in Rupert's work. On offer are a diverse range of sofas, chairs, tables, rugs and lights in an eclectic variety of styles, from old to new, traditional to contemporary, Art Deco to antique. Zebra-print chairs, ostrich leather lamps, flamboyantly coloured carpets and Venetian mirrors are just some of the items one will find here, all carefully chosen by Rupert's expert eye. +44 (0) 20 7352 3569 www.rupertlund.com 61 Chelsea Manor Street London SW3 5RZ 69 SUPERCARS: TEST DRIVE // BENTLEY espite the current crisis, London can still claim to have one of the highest concentrations of supercars in the world. Lamborghini, Ferrari and Maserati may not be as prominently on display as they once were admittedly, but they still have a habit of sneaking out of their hiding places come Friday afternoons, emboldened by the onset of the weekend no doubt. If there is one place in London that most resembles an outdoor supercar showroom however, it is the impossibly narrow Basil St behind Harrods. Consequently, it takes something truly special to convince the store's well-heeled shoppers to stop dead in their tracks, let alone turn a hard-to-impress doorman's head. And yet, judging by our repeated fly-bys over one glorious spring weekend, Team V V believes Bentley's new GT Speed achieved precisely that. We `believe' this to be so but, frankly, we can't be entirely sure as we were too busy enjoying the in-car experience to notice every glance, wave and smile. In fact, we suggest spending a good hour inside the car absorbing the faultless craftsmanship before even firing up the ignition; safety first! The figures below speak for themselves, so we won't labour over the long list of technical superlatives associated with this updated model of the original GT. Suffice to say that this is Bentley's most powerful production car yet and, what's more, it also happens to be one of the friendliest beasts we have ever had the pleasure of driving. Deftly balancing the recklessness of a supremely powerful sports car with those of a more demure luxury cruiser, the GT Speed is mistress and wife, lover and life-partner. We'd like two please. Bentley GT Speed D Engine Capacity - 5998cc Max. Power - 600bhp Max. Speed (Roof Up) - 200mph Max. Speed (Roof Down) - 195mph Acceleration 0 - 60mph - 4.5 seconds On the road price: �123,800 - �163,000 70 Summer `09 // `09 , - . ��, �� �� , , - � , . - ��. , , , . , , Bentley GT Speed . , , : , , . , , , . ! , GT. , Bentley, GT Speed � . ; , ; , . , , . - 5998 3 - 600 .. ( ) - 200 / 322 / ( ) - 195 / 314 / - 0 � 100 /, 4.8 : �123,800 - �163,000 71 72 Trench coat: Emporio Armani Bikini: Sportmax 73 Trench coat: Emporio Armani Bikini: Sportmax 74 Bikini: CK Calvin Klein Dress: Sanchita Shoes: Max Mara 75 Dress: CK Calvin Klein Shoes: Giorgio Armani 76 Top: Emporio Armani Trousers: Sanchita Shoes: Emporio Armani 77 Production: Leo Kertes, Phoenix Photography: Oliver K�hl, Objectiv Photographen Hair/make up: Tina Maucher using Mac, Phoenix Model: Katja N, The Fashion Model Management 78 Top: CK Calvin Klein Necklace: Emporio Armani Summer `09 // `09 79 EVENTS: RUSSIAN // LONDON Russian superstar Valeriya was the surprise special guest for socialites at this year's Russian Ladies Day in London. The annual event celebrates International Women's Day and is hosted by Harrods By Appointment Personal Shopping Services and Van Cleef & Arpels. Highlights at the lunch, which took place at London's Royal Opera House, included a performance from Valeriya and a showcase of rare fine and haute jewellery items by Van Cleef & Arpels. Natalia Simonova ( OBT ), Valeriya, Guzel Portnik - BY APPOINTMENT Personal Shopper Valeriya Karina Krishtaleva - BY APPOINTMENT Ivan Putrov � principal artist, Valeriya, Viacheslav Samadorov principal artist. Svetlana Berglas (Catiouche) Geoffroy Medinger (Head of Van Cleef UK), Olga Makharinskaya (founder of Diema's Dreams charity), Juliya Polischuk (Fashion designer) Natalia Simonova (OBT) 80 Summer `09 // `09 . BY APPOINTMENT Harrods Van Cleef & Arpels. , , Van Cleef & Arpels. Sian Parry- Jones (Head of BY APPOINTMENT) ,Geoffroy Medinger ( Head of Van Cleef UK) Katrina Judd (BY APPOINTMENT), Joan Rolls (Van Cleef), Jane Zbirou (Van Cleef), Amanda Ragab(Van Cleef) Galina Basharova Julia Goncharuk Karina Krishtaleva(BY APPOINTMENT) Irina Rozhdova Jelena Fedotova (wife of ambassador of Russian Federation) Juliya Polischuk (Fashion designer) Olga Kondrashova and Tatiana Kholodnaya (flower designer) 81 EVENTS: PROMOTIONAL // LONDON Charles Worthington & Allan Peters Donna Haar-Jorgensen & Carole Malone Matt Roberts & The Saturdays The Saturdays join Matt Roberts to celebrate the opening of exclusive new Chelsea Personal Training Studio Matt Roberts' dynamic results-driven techniques and state-ofthe-art one-to-one training facilities have arrived in Chelsea with the opening of the new and luxurious Matt Roberts Personal Training Studio in exclusive Brompton Road, one of London's most prestigious addresses. Chelsea locals, celebrities and guests such as Ben Fogle and Anna Winslet joined Matt and his team of personal trainers to celebrate the Studio opening at a launch party recently, the highlight of the evening was an exclusive performance by girl group The Saturdays who Matt is training for their upcoming tour. Ben & Maria Fogel Matt Roberts & Anna Winslet , , , : -, , . , , , . The Saturdays, . Matt Roberts Personal Training, 230 Brompton Road, London, SW3 2BB Enquiries: 020 7581 9199/ www.mattroberts.co.uk For further information please call 020 7938 5049 82 LISTINGS // GLOBAL Summer `09 // `09 UK Alexandra Tolstoy www.alexandratolstoy.com Athenaeum Apartments 116 Piccadilly, London W1J 7BJ +44 (0)207 499 3464 www.athenaeumhotel.com Belgravia Gallery 45 Albemarle Street, London W1S 4JL +44 (0)207 495 1010 www.belgraviagallery.com The Berkeley Hotel Wilton Place Knightsbridge London SW1X 7RL www.the-berkeley.co.uk Brown's Hotel Albemarle Street London W1S 4BP +44 (0)207 493 6020 www.brownshotel.com Caviar House & Prunier +44 (0)207 409 0445 www.caviarhouse-prunier.com Central St.Martins www.csm.arts.ac.uk Chesney's Chimneypieces www.chesneys.co.uk Christies 8 King St London SW1Y 6QT +44 207 839 9060 www.christies.com Classic Car Club 250-254 Old St London EC1V 9DD +44 (0)207 490 9090 www.classiccarclub.com Cocoon Furniture +44 (0)207 243 2200 www.cocoon-furniture.co.uk 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